Redefining Cities Under Stress: Urban Resilience, Regeneration and Self-Reliant Systems

From a planning perspective, cities’ major challenge today is making use of existing open space, not only to provide ecosystem services in ways that contribute to the city's economic redevelopment and repopulation, while also balancing the needs of existing residents, social equity demands, and environmental justice concerns such as legacy pollution and excessive runoff.

Several cities, in the wake World War II in Europe, segregation and deindustrialization in the US, and genocide and civil war in Africa, have an abundance of open space that could be used to “green” the city. However, this issue cannot be separated from the burden of trauma that bears down from the wrongdoings of the past. This workshop aims to discuss a framework for future research that may guide processes of redevelopment in a just and equitable direction, particularly in cities going went through historical stress, as its residents struggle to reimagine and remake urban landscape following decades of neglect or social, political and economic disruption.

Keywords to be used to extend this description: Urban design, Cultural ecosystem services ,Stress in the city, Trauma, Cities as self-learning process, Green reparations, Migration, Climate change policy